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Cupboard Love

A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities

The origins and histories of 1000+ food words

Nominated in 1997 for a Julia Child Award, Cupboard Love explores the fascinating stories behind familiar and not-so-familiar gastronomic terms. Who knew that the word ''pomegranate'' is related to the word ''grenade''? That ''baguette'' is a cousin of ''bacteria''? That ''souffl(r)'' comes from the same root as ''flatulence''? Who knew that ''vermicelli'' is Italian for ''little worms'', that ''avocado'' comes from an Aztec word meaning ''testicle'', or that ''catillation'' denotes the unseemly licking of plates?

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In 2003, Cupboard Love was translated in to Czech and published by Volvox Globator as Nadívaný Pštros. 

The Lover's Tongue

A Merry Romp Through the Language of Love and Sex

What flower takes its name from the human testicle? Is your husband rantallion? Does your wife wear a merkin? What's a wittol, and why were they once drummed out of town while sitting backwards on a horse? Is sacofricosis a crime, a disease or an hors d'oeuvre? Morton roams through centuries of etymological lore to answer these and many other questions. The Lover's Tongue was republished in the UK as Dirty Words: The Story of Sex Talk.

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"Absolutely correct and without fault, beautifully prepared and presented" -- Belle de Jour, The Times of London

Cooking with Shakespeare

Food culture in the sixteenth century

Feasts, banquets, and everyday meals were central to daily life in Elizabethan England, a world reflected so lavishly in Shakespeare's plays. This book helps students and general readers learn more about Shakespeare's food culture. An introductory essay discusses the culinary customs of Shakespeare's era. This is followed by more than 180 recipes from Elizabethan times. Recipes are grouped in chapters according to types of food and are accompanied by modernized versions for today's chefs. Passages from Shakespeare's plays relate the recipes to his texts and help students use food to gain a greater appreciation of his world and works.

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"Morton lays out the histories of hundreds of food-related terms as deftly and completely as any casual reader could wish.... one of those books I turn to for automatic reference." -- Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

"Erudite and imaginative." -- Margaret Visser, author of the best-selling Much Depends on Dinner

"Cupboard Love offers a banquet of food for thought. Mark Morton's delicious eat-ymologies show that everyday we say a mouthful a truly eat our words." -- Richard Lederer, best-selling author of numerous books about language

"Erudite and entertaining -- a delectable feast for all verbivores." -- Hugh Rawson, author of Devious Derivations and Director of Penguin Reference books

The End
Closing Words for a Millennium

How our ancestors thought about, wrote about, and commemorated the ends of previous centuries

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